The next time you want to snap at someone to drive faster or crank up the heat to a gold-baking point, remember this elderly woman who found so much life and joy in the snow.
A lot of us keep acting as though life is boring with very little thrills. We never feel like we are living until we are spending truckloads of money on short-lived ecstasies. This is why it’s important to have elderly people as friends or to connect more with your grandparents. At that age, they’ve seen life at every stage and they know what truly brings long-lasting joy.
Just like this 105-year-old Mama who can still find joy in almost anything, including snow. In 2015, when Albina was 101 years old, she was being driven through Lillooet, British Columbia by her son, Armand in the heart of winter. Albina made Armand pull over so she could step out and play in the snow .
In the video, the strong woman who could pass off for a 70-year-old could be seen bending over to pick up snow with her hands and making careful molds. The joy on her face was as bright as summer.
Young at heart
The video was first shared on Facebook by her son in 2015. He could be heard saying, “I turned the car around about 3 kilometers from town, but before I could get back on the road, the door flies open and out steps mom. When you have a mother that’s 101 years old, it’s a good thing to keep the camera nearby for those special moments,” Armand said.
He shared the video with the caption: “Here’s proof that if you find pure joy in the simple things you can live a 100 years.”
So far, the video has received over 10 million views, 174K shares and over 50K reactions. What a way for Mama to go viral!
He uploaded the video as a throwback again in 2018. He wrote: “Three years ago today that was mom playing in the snow. Now she’s 104 and doing very well. Can you imagine?”
Mama Albina’s video is a lesson to everyone who takes life too seriously. Old age comes creeping in too soon and you may not be able to enjoy these things as fully as before. Take time to be young. Take time to find joy in little thing and never hold yourself back from freedom.
Mama Albina recently turned 105 and according to her son, her spirit will forever remain young. “We laugh a lot. It’s a family thing. There’s no sign of mental degeneration. Physical, yes, but this moment is not unique for us. There are more of those and there have been, but this resonated with everyone.”
It sure did, seeing a lovely grandma drawing strength from the snow.
How Can You Make It to 100 and Beyond?
Modern medicine and life extension stragies are always evolving- yet, reaching a century is still no small feat. Not all of us will make it there, and thats ok. All we can do is try our best. Eat well, stay active, live a life of purpose, and to not take everything too seriously. Take a page out of Albina’s book, life is precious, find joy even in the small things life gives you.